David Casarett, MD, MA; Sharon Inouye, MD, MPH
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Casarett D., Inouye S.; Delirium at the End of Life. Ann Intern Med. 2002;137:295. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-137-4-200208200-00019
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2002;137(4):295.
Dr. Finucane correctly points out that few data are available to guide the management of delirium in patients near the end of life. We strongly agree that research to guide the treatment of delirium is urgently needed, and this fact was a major area of emphasis in our article. However, in the absence of evidence from robust clinical trials, our recommendations are based on evidence provided by the medical literature, consensus of expert opinion, and our clinical experience in the care of patients at the end of life. In fact, the American College of Physicians–American Society of Internal Medicine End-of-Life Care Consensus Panel was convened to synthesize the best available evidence to guide end-of-life care. It was on the basis of the best available evidence that our recommendations were formulated.
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